RE-OPENING Process Continues…Our Priests enjoy seeing You at Mass!
Dear St. Patrick’s Parishioners,
We pray you are enjoying being at Mass and hope that more people are able to sign up and attend Mass if they choose to do so, while still preserving social distance and continuing to observe all requirements for sanitizing the facilities. This will allow our families to return to worship in a safe manner. We will keep everyone informed weekly on Thursdays as our parish plan comes together, so please sign up for Flocknote and Subscribe to YouTube from our website home page to assure you have the latest news and spread the word for others to do so as well.
The following schedule will be in place.
Weekday Masses — Monday through Friday
7:00 am Downtown
8:00 am Crane Road (Live Stream)
8:00 am Crane Road (Live Stream)
Weekend Mass Schedule:
4:00 pm Crane Road & Downtown
5:30 pm Downtown
7:30 am Downtown
8:00 am Crane Road
9:00 am Downtown
9:30 am Crane Road (Live Stream & Music)
10:30 am Downtown
11:00 am Crane Road
5:00 pm Crane Road
Hispanic Ministry Mass
Thursdays at 6:00 pm Downtown Church
Sundays at 5:00 pm Downtown Church
Please note that Bishop Malloy has continued to suspend the obligation for the elderly and sick to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation until further notice.
How Can You Sign Up to Participate in a Mass?
We are using “SignUpGenius online sign up.” Click Here to have the opportunity to sign up starting on Thursday afternoon.
We will have 100 spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis, per Downtown Mass and 300 spaces available per Crane Road Mass in the online sign up.
For those who are unable to access the site, you may call Mike Zak at 630-215-5577 to sign up for a Mass.
The capacity is subject to change as we move forward. Due to the limited seating per Mass, we ask that you only sign up once during each weekend and note the number of adults and children from your household are going to attend. You need to sign up for weekday Masses as well, but you can sign up for as many you would like.
The diocese has recommended that persons at risk should stay home at this time.
At risk includes adults 65 years and older and those with heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, immuno-compromised, asthma, chronic kidney, and/or chronic liver disease should remain at home.
(8 out of 10 COVID related deaths reported in the United States have been in adults 65 years or older. Those listed medical conditions put anyone at any age at an increased risk for COVID complications.)
Also, anyone with ANY of the following symptoms should not come to church at this time:
• fever (100.4 or higher) • cough • sore throat • shortness of breath • chills • muscle pain • new loss of taste/smell • vomiting or diarrhea
**If within the past 14 days you have experienced ANY of these symptoms, been in contact with anyone who has exhibited any of the symptoms or who tested positive for COVID, You should NOT attend Mass.**
On your scheduled Mass day, we ask that you please follow all of these procedures completely:
- Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes before Mass because of sign-in, screening and seating procedures.
- All Mass participants and children over the age of 2 years, must wear a mask upon entering the building, except when receiving Holy Communion.
- Hand sanitizer will be required upon entering the church.
- There will be no missalettes or hymnals. If you bring your own worship aid, like Magnificat or Word Among Us, please make sure you take it home with you as anything left behind will be disposed of. You are encouraged to use one of the many apps available for use on your phone. Visit our website to print or view the aides and print bulletins.
- Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained at all times. Parishioners will be escorted by the ushers and assigned a place in the church to sit (You cannot choose your own seats). Also, social distancing between non-family members must be maintained when entering and leaving church and during the Communion procession. Members in the same household may sit together.
- On Sundays, there will not be passing of the collection basket. Baskets to receive parishioner offerings will be on a table near the back of church.
- For the time being, there will not be a communal sign of peace or holding of hands during the Our Father.
- If you are uncomfortable receiving Holy Communion, you are not required to do so. You may make a Spiritual Communion.
- In the Communion line, people will come up single file maintaining proper social distancing. If there is a need, the priest will come to you.
Everyone will be required to receive Holy Communion in their hand, held out very flat.
- If at all possible, we are asking you to avoid using the restrooms for the 45-60 minutes you are at church.
If someone uses the restroom, it will require us to clean it. We will also be cleaning the pews between Masses.
- At the end of Mass, those who are participating will exit the church, beginning with those in back. Unfortunately, at this time, no social gatherings may take place before or after Mass.
But we can wave at each other!
As we receive updates from the diocese allowing for larger Mass attendance, we will communicate that along with any procedural changes.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the priests or parish office: 630-338-8000.
We NEED MANY VOLUNTEERS to Help Us Facilitate these Changes Smoothly! So far, we have had great SUCCESS with our Willing Volunteers signing up!
As the weeks go on, please continue to check the online sign up form for opportunities to help out!
How Can You Sign Up to Volunteer before a Mass? Below is a VOLUNTEER form online using SignUpGenius.
We will have several helper spaces available for either Crane Road or Downtown Masses in the online sign up link available by Thursday afternoon. For those who are unable to access the site, you may email your contact information to Mike Zak at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lord always gives us the grace for the challenges of life. Presently, the Churches are Open for private prayer Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm for those who would like to stop in at the church for some prayer time. We ask you to sit in the sections that are marked. If the doors are locked earlier, it is to ensure all of our safety. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Thank you for your patience during these difficult times as we slowly start to celebrate the sacraments again. Let’s continue to pray for a remedy for this pandemic, and for all who are impacted by it. Know of our continued prayers for all of you. If our doors are locked earlier, it is to ensure all of our safety.
God bless you always!